Ag News

While the calendar says we should be planting corn, soil temperatures say otherwise and for Jerry Bambauer who farms in Auglaize County, western Ohio, he’s paying more attention to the soil temperature. “We need some heat out here to get the moisture to move in the soil profile to get us dried out so we can go and get the beans and corn germinated once we do put it in the ground,” said Bambauer who serves as President of the Ohio Soybean Association. Audio: Jerry Bambauer, farmer, Auglaize Co. Ohio (1:00 mp3) Bret Davis who farms in Delaware County, central Ohio, says anymore...
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Looking ahead, a low-pressure system centered over the southeastern Plains will reach the Northeast by Saturday. Meanwhile, a storm system affecting the Northwest will arrive in the nation’s mid-section during the weekend. The second system has the potential to produce a significant severe weather outbreak from April 26-28, starting on the central and southern Great Plains and eventually reaching the middle and lower Mississippi Valley. Five-day rainfall totals could reach 2 to 5 inches in the middle and lower Mississippi Valley and neighboring regions. Amounts could reach 1 to 2 inches across the northern Plains and Intermountain West. Cold weather...
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The Missouri State FFA convention brings together thousands of Missouri’s young people for competition and meetings.  Rebecca Tate from Trenton helps in the media room, but enjoys most her place on her chapter’s meats judging team. “I absolutely love it,” she told Brownfield Ag News Thursday.  “I’m on the team with three of my best guy-friends. I’m the only girl, so it kind of interesting at times; it’s one of those things that after you do it for two weeks, it just comes naturally, everything’s a natural instinct to you, you know those cuts, you see that steak and you know...
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Dairy markets continue the trend of declining cheese prices and increasing Class III prices this week. On Thursday, cheddar barrels declined another 3.75 cents to close at $2.18 while blocks held steady at $2.21. Class III futures with strong increases, May added 45 cents, June increased 48 cents, July was up 50 cents. There were double-digit increases on all of the remaining 2014 contracts. Since last Thursday, barrels have lost 7.75 cents, blocks are down 7 cents, the May Class III is up 72 cents, June is 44 cents higher and July has added 66 cents. The cheese market is being pressured...
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Ag News - Rural Issues

Eight Farm Credit institutions, including Farm Credit Mid-America, which serves Kentucky, Indiana, Ohio and Tennessee and Farm Credit Services of America, which serves Iowa, Nebraska, South Dakota and Wyoming, are providing the initial $150 million investment in the Rural Business Investment Company. Phil Kimmel, Sr. Vice President, Farm Credit...Read the full story... »     
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Waverly, Nebraska farmer Tom Peterson visits with USDA’s Krysta Harden. Eligible farmers and ranchers can now sign up for the USDA’s livestock disaster assistance programs, which were restored by passage of the 2014 farm bill. USDA deputy secretary of agriculture Krysta Harden was in Nebraska this week to discuss how those programs will...Read the full story... »     
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The executive director of the Clean Fuels Development Coalition is calling for a “rebirth” of ethanol as an alternative fuel. Speaker at an ethanol forum in Omaha, Doug Durante said the ethanol industry needs to move beyond its “obsession” with the Renewable Fuels Standard and create a value proposition that will grow the demand for...Read the full story... »     
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One of the big arguments used by anti-meat activists to convince people to reduce their meat consumption is that livestock are major emitters of greenhouse gases (GHG) and, therefore, major contributors to climate change.  According to those activists, less meat (and milk) consumed will mean fewer animals and a healthier planet. Dr. Frank...Read the full story... »     
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